Aluminium fingerboard glue

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by JDGA fan, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. JDGA fan

    JDGA fan

    Oct 9, 2003
    I am having a bass repaired that originally had an aluminium fingerboard fitted (it's a fretless). Leaving aside the question of the wisdom of the choice of fingerboard material, can anyone recommend a glue product that we can use to bond the fingerboard back in place, i.e., something that can fix the fingerboard to wood and that would be flexible enough to withstand the metal's expansion without separation? Thank you.
  2. T-Bird

    T-Bird Guest


    Sika 221 would be an ideal choice if it was something else than an instrument. Might be too elastic and dampen the vibration too much.

    Any medium hardness epoxy would most likely to do the job. Can't recommend any though and the selection here might differ a bit from Yours anyway ;).

  3. 2x4strgkramers

    2x4strgkramers Guest

    Dec 15, 2008
    Got a picture of the glue ? Most likely a devcon bonding product as alot of things adhesive agents do not stick to aluminum very well.
  4. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Inactive

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Polyurethane glue should stick.
  5. 2x4strgkramers

    2x4strgkramers Guest

    Dec 15, 2008
    a good prep with muratic acid and a good presand with something rough 60-80grit and a good urethane adhesive should work but which one ? There are numerous urethane adhesives. I would think a 2 part catalized would most likely be better and then of the 2 parts which one will work the best ?

    I am sure Devcon make a bonding agnet for this exact application.

    I might be inclined to use this.

    It is flexiable enough to allow for the wood and aluminum to have fiarly different exspansion contraction carecteristics and stay glued together. They have other similar glue in this family. I have never tried bonding wood and aluminum so my knowledge runs out here in a instrument setting.

  6. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett
    If all else fails, J B Weld :bag:
  7. scottyd

    scottyd Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2006
    Waco Tx
    Builder/owner Redeemer Basses
    Poly or epoxy